James Cromwell

Biography

James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor, probably best known for his role as Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. He has been nominated for an Oscar, three Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards during his career.

Cromwell was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Manhattan, New York. He was adopted by actress Kay Johnson and actor, director and producer John Cromwell, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he studied engineering. Like both his parents, he was drawn to the theater, doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays.

He has long been an advocate of leftist causes. In an October 2008 interview, he strongly attacked the Republican Party and the George W. Bush administration, saying their controversial foreign policy would "either destroy us or the entire planet." He became a vegetarian in 1974 after seeing a stockyard in Texas and experiencing the "smell, terror and anxiety." He became an ethical vegan while playing the character of Farmer Hoggett in the movie Babe in 1995. He frequently speaks out on issues regarding animal cruelty for PETA, largely the treatment of pigs.

Cromwell was married to Anne Ulvestad from 1976 to 1986. They had three children. He married his second wife, Julie Cobb, on 29 May 1986.

James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor, probably best known for his role as Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. He has been nominated for an Oscar, three Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards during his career.

Cromwell was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Manhattan, New York. He was adopted by actress Kay Johnson and actor, director and producer John Cromwell, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he studied engineering. Like both his parents, he was drawn to the theater, doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays.

He has long been an advocate of leftist causes. In an October 2008 interview, he strongly attacked the Republican Party and the George W. Bush administration, saying their controversial foreign policy would "either destroy us or the entire planet." He became a vegetarian in 1974 after seeing a stockyard in Texas and experiencing the "smell, terror and anxiety." He became an ethical vegan while playing the character of Farmer Hoggett in the movie Babe in 1995. He frequently speaks out on issues regarding animal cruelty for PETA, largely the treatment of pigs.

Cromwell was married to Anne Ulvestad from 1976 to 1986. They had three children. He married his second wife, Julie Cobb, on 29 May 1986.

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Gender Male

Known Credits 119

Birthday 1940-01-27

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

Adult Actor False

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2016 50 Years of Star Trek as himself
2016 The Promise
2014 Big Hero 6 as Professor Robert Callaghan (voice)
2013 The Trials of Cate McCall as Justice Sumpter
2012 Still Mine as Craig Morrison
2012 Soldiers of Fortune as Haussman
2012 Cowgirls n' Angels as Terence Parker
2012 Hide Away as The Ancient Mariner
2011 American Horror Story(13 episodes) as Dr. Arthur Arden
2011 Memorial Day as Bud Vogel
2011 The Artist as Clifton
2010 Pope Pius XII as Pope Pius XII
2010 Secretariat as Ogden Phipps
2009 Surrogates as Canter
2009 The Last Days of Lehman Brothers as Henry 'Hank' Paulson
2009 The Last Days of Lehman Brothers(1 episode)
2009 Unforgettably Evil as Himself
2009 Impact as Lloyd
2009 Impact(2 episodes)
2009 A Lonely Place for Dying as Howard Simons
2008 W. as George Herbert Walker Bush
2008 Tortured as Jack
2007 Masters of Science Fiction(1 episode)
2007 Spider-Man 3 as Captain Stacey
2007 Becoming Jane as Mr. Austen
2006 The Queen as Prince Philip
2006 Avenger as Paul Devereaux
2005 Pope John Paul II as Cardinal Adam Sapieha
2005 Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy as Narrator
2005 The Longest Yard as Warden Hazen
2004 I, Robot as Dr. Alfred Lanning
2004 Salem's Lot as Father Donald Callahan
2003 Angels in America as Henry
2003 Angels in America(6 episodes)
2003 Blackball as Ray Speight
2003 The Snow Walker as Walter "Shep" Shepherd
2002 The Sum of All Fears as President Robert Bob Fowler
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron as The Colonel
2002 Project Viper as MP 1
2002 RFK as President Lyndon Baines Johnson
2001 Raptor as Benny
2001 24(8 episodes) as Phillip Bauer
2001 Citizen Baines(9 episodes)
2001 Six Feet Under(8 episodes)
2001 Six Feet Under(75 episodes) as George Sibley
2000 Space Cowboys as Bob Gerson
2000 Fail Safe as Gordon Knapp
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars as Judge Fielding
1999 The Green Mile as Warden Hal Moores
1999 RKO 281 as William Randolph Hearst
1999 The Bachelor as The Priest
1999 A Slight Case of Murder as John Edgarson
1999 The General's Daughter as Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell
1999 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn(1 episode)
1998 Babe: Pig in the City as Farmer Arthur Hoggett
1998 Deep Impact as Alan Rittenhouse
1998 Species II as Senator Judson Ross
1998 Owd Bob as Adam MacAdam
1997 The Education of Little Tree as Nonno
1997 L.A. Confidential as Cap. Dudley Liam Smith
1996 Star Trek: First Contact as Dr. Zefram Cochrane
1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt as Charles Keating
1996 Eraser as William Donohue
1995 Partners(2 episodes)
1995 Babe as Farmer Arthur Hoggett
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial as Judge Pounders
1994 The Shaggy Dog
1994 ER(4 episodes)
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds In Love as Mr. Skolnick
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding as Cage
1992 The Babe as Brother Mathias
1991 Home Improvement(1 episode)
1990 American Dreamer(1 episode)
1990 Miracle Landing as B.J Cocker
1988 The Rescue as Adm. Rothman
1988 China Beach(2 episodes)
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation(3 episodes)
1987 Jake and the Fatman(1 episode)
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise as Mr. Skolnick
1986 Easy Street(22 episodes)
1986 Matlock(1 episode)
1985 Amazing Stories(45 episodes)
1985 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1985 Explorers as Mr. Müller
1985 Wildside(1 episode)
1984 Hunter(1 episode)
1984 Revenge of the Nerds as Mr. Skolnick
1984 Tank as Deputy Euclid Baker
1984 Night Court(1 episode)
1984 The House of God as Officer Quick
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King(2 episodes)
1982 Knight Rider(1 episode)
1982 Family Ties(1 episode)
1982 Barefoot In the Park as Harry Pepper
1981 Nobody's Perfekt as Dr. Carson
1981 Foul Play(1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues(1 episode)
1980 A Christmas Without Snow as Reverend Lohman
1980 Flo(1 episode)
1978 The White Shadow(2 episodes)
1978 Diff'rent Strokes(1 episode)
1978 Apple Pie(1 episode)
1977 Deadly Game as Deputy Malcom Rossiter Jr.
1977 Deadly Game as Deputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.
1977 The Girl in the Empty Grave as Deputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.
1977 Three's Company(1 episode)
1977 Eight Is Enough(1 episode)
1976 Once an Eagle as J.L. Cleghorne
1976 The Nancy Walker Show(12 episodes)
1976 All's Fair(1 episode)
1976 Alice(1 episode)
1976 Murder by Death as Marcel
1975 Barbary Coast(1 episode)
1975 Hot l Baltimore(13 episodes)
1975 Barney Miller(4 episodes)
1974 The Little House on the Prairie(2 episodes)
1973 Police Story(1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H(1 episode)
1971 All in the Family(3 episodes)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1900 Pope John Paul II(0 episodes)

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